|Syria: Christians affected by continuing violence|
Posted on 25th July 2012
Greetings in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace
Syrian Christians have requested our prayers concerning the continuing violence in their country.
Thousands of Syrians, including large numbers of Christians, have fled from their homes, especially in the Homs and Hama governorates and more recently Damascus and Aleppo. There have been reports of the targeting of Christians by both government and opposition sides.
Several prominent Syrian Christians have been killed recently, including Defence Minister General Dawoud Rajha (assassinated in an attack on the National Security Offices in Damascus on 18th July) and Brigader-General Nabil Zougheib (assassinated along with his wife and son at their home in a Christian neighbourhood of Damascus on 21st July).
Most Church leaders point
out that any such targeting is not religiously motivated but is either politically
motivated or is criminal activity for economic gain. Many Christians fear that radical Islamist groups are becoming
more influential, and that this may lead to increased hostility towards
Christians and other minorities. They fear that they may become
Throughout the ongoing unrest, Syrian Christians have faced a dilemma of allegiance. They regard the current regime as having been a protector for many years and fear that any replacement regime is likely to prove more hostile. Yet along with others in Syria, they know that open allegiance to either the government or to the opposition could bring retaliation from the other side.
Syrian Christians request our prayers that:
a. Christians will know the protection of the Father, the inner peace of Jesus and the daily guidance of the Spirit
b. Church leaders will know the Spirit’s guidance concerning public worship and private pastoral support of their congregations
c. The bereaved, wounded and traumatised will know the comfort, presence and healing touch of Jesus
d. There will be an end to violence by all parties, and that a just resolution and constructive reform will follow
e. Many will know the love and forgiveness of Jesus
f. In the long term, there will be greater religious freedom for all citizens.
May be circulated to
general mailing lists, outside organizations, and quoted from freely in reports
citing “Middle East Concern” as the source of the information.
Newer news items:
|Iran: Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran|
|Posted on 22nd May 2013|
|Egypt: Christian teacher faces court hearing following accusations of blasphemy|
|Posted on 16th May 2013|
|Syria: day of prayer called for Saturday 11th May|
|Posted on 9th May 2013|
|Iran: update #3 on Christians detained following church raid in December 2011|
|Posted on 7th May 2013|
|Iran: one believer released on bail, others remain detained|
|Posted on 3rd May 2013|